July 21, 2016
Today, we woke up to a beautiful sunrise at Pirate’s Bight followed by a hike on Norman Island. When we got back to the boat, some of our divers left for a diving excursion at Angelfish Reef while the rest of the group went for a snorkel at The Indians. Although the current was rough, the reef and wildlife was well worth the effort.
After the snorkel, we motor-jibbed to “Little Harbour” on Peter Island. Our student skipper of the day, successfully med-anchored us. After, we went for a refreshing swim in the bay. There were a plethora of reef-fish, sea urchins, and shells.
After enjoying a lunch of pizza bagels, we swam ashore with flip-flops and our cameras to go on an exploratory hike. There was an old stone watchtower and stairs on the shore, making our climb significantly easier. At the top of the incline, we found an old, dilapidated house. The floorboards were falling through and the roof had collapsed but it was interesting nonetheless. We found a box where explorers leave various keepsakes. We even found more buildings that appeared to have been part of a hotel. We hiked down the mountain and climbed another tower.
While the rest of the boat hiked, others of our crew took “Opal Bella”, Sail Caribbean’s 26 ft. sailboat, out to work on completing various requirements of the Basic Keelboat course. Upon returning, Ciaran, our Sail Caribbean mate, took students on an afternoon snorkel to a nearby reef. They found a stingray that was in the process of burying itself in the sand! For dinner, we enjoyed a fantastic combination of rice and chicken stir-fry. Finally, to conclude the day, we held our daily boat meeting, during which we discussed the day’s happenings and the adventures to come.